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Latest update: 27/04/2017 14:03:42

Kawada Co., Ltd.

We supply automotive parts to major manufacturers in Japan and abroad.

We are a manufacturer of automotive parts established in 1952. Our main products are parts for use around the transmissions and engines of automobiles. We mainly do business with Mazda, and with domestic Japanese and overseas automobile manufacturers such as Mitsubishi Motor, Ford, and Aston Martin. We also supply parts to a bearing manufacturer in Japan. We can conduct all processes from product design, mold production, forging, coating, machining, and thermal treatment to assembly in the same factory. We are eliminating intermediate losses to raise cost competitiveness. We are cultivating and strengthening global human resources in our sales division for customer support in English as well as Japanese.

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[Company strength]
Our company has an integrated in-house system for all processes from product design to mold production, forging, coating, machining, thermal treatment, and assembly. This system eliminates intermediate losses and achieves high cost competitiveness. We have also acquired TS 16949 certification for our high-grade quality management system. We have opened a factory in Mexico and are now ready to machine forged or cast materials there.

[Business description]
Our company manufactures and sells parts for use around automobile suspensions and engines by machining cast or forged materials. We mainly supply parts to Mazda, and also to Mitsubishi Motor, Ford, Aston Martin, and domestic Japanese bearing manufacturers. We jointly develop parts with Mazda. We are currently manufacturing wheel hubs, hub supports, knuckles, spindles, arms, hanger brackets, bushing brackets, companion flanges, joint shafts, and propeller shafts in Japan. Our factory in Mexico has been in full operation since 2014 and supplies hub supports, brackets, and crankshafts to Mazda’s factory in Mexico.

Automotive part manufacturing

[Strength of products/technologies]
Our company has been providing domestic Japanese and overseas automobile manufacturers with underside parts manufactured by machining cast or forged materials. We can apply the technology power we have cultivated with such a track record to propose optimal shapes for easy processing by participating in manufacturing from the part development stage. We can also make joint proposals with materials manufacturers for cast materials with high strength and good machinability. Our company is engaged in propeller shaft production (material forging, assembly, and coating). We can propose more cost-competitive production processes because we participate from the development stage.

[Representative's message]
We have been continuously supplying parts to Mazda since our establishment. We are now extending our sales channels to manufacturers of completed automobiles and bearings. We opened a factory in Mexico in 2013 and started to supply parts to Mazda’s Mexico factory. We will now promote sales to Japanese manufacturers of completed automobiles and bearings outside Japan to further extend our sales channels to Central and South America.

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
Our sales department serves as a liaison and satisfies customer requests. We have been gaining customer trust by good collaboration between our indirect divisions (technical, quality assurance, and production management departments) and the manufacturing division based on TS 16949 quality management. We will also promote sales channel cultivation in fields other than automobiles. Our sales department is setting up a system for global business expansion by preparing human resources who are proficient in English.

[Market share/Ranking]
Our products account for 13.8% of knuckles, 74.8% of hub supports, 92.3% of wheel hubs, and 100% of companion flanges for Mazda cars.

[Awards and media coverage]
Customer Performance Excellence Award and Best VE/VA Proposal Award from Mazda Motor Corporation (FY2012).

Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun (January 30, 2015).

ISO 14001, TS 16949, and FORD Q-1.

[Transaction form]
Direct transactions and partial indirect transactions (via trading firms).

[Transaction terms]
Closing at the end of the month and payment at the end of the next month (partially depending on the customer).

[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
Mazda Motor Corporation; Mitsubishi Motor Corporation; NSK Ltd.; NTN Corporation; JTEKT Corporation; Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.

[Main Clients / Business History (overseas)]
Ford Motor Company; Aston Martin Lagonda Limited; Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (Mazda factory in Mexico).

This company is recommended by the following support organizations.

Chugoku Head Office, SMRJ